It’s not easy to trust someone you don’t know. When someone says, “trust me” we will do one of two things. We’ll either say “yes” or we’ll ask “why should I?”.
Let’s talk about how to trust God and more importantly, why you should trust Him.
How to Trust God
The first thing you need to understand about God is who He is. Do you know Him or do you know about Him? The difference in that answer is whether you spend time getting to know God or not. A lot of people say they know God but they have never spent time in His presence. Here are some ways to develop your trust in God.
1. Know God through His Word
Do you read your Bible? If not, that’s a great place to start. Begin by starting with a small Bible study or reading plan that will challenge you to get to know who God is. There are many free Bible studies available online to help you get started.
Or, if you prefer, you can begin reading the Gospels found in the New Testament. They are called “Matthew” “Mark” “Luke” and “John”. These books tell the same story of Jesus from four perspectives. You will learn about Jesus, who He is and why He came to earth.
After you have read the Gospels, you may want to venture to the Old Testament and read Genesis. This book, written by Moses, will explain creation, the Fall of man, and what happened after man became sinful.
From here, you can continue with the book of Exodus or move back to the New Testament, thus alternating between the two as you learn about God and His Word. If you want to read the whole Bible one chapter at a time, this simple Bible reading plan will help you achieve that goal.
The basis of learning how to trust in God is found in learning and knowing who God is.
2. Know God through Prayer
Prayer is a two-way conversation with God, it’s the same as when you speak with your friend or spouse, but way more.
In prayer, you can be really honest with yourself and with God. He knows everything about you so speaking honestly is acknowledging the truth in your heart.
You can trust God with your prayers. Sometimes you may run to Him with your frustrations or in tears of anguish. Other times you may approach Him with questions of “why”.
God wants you to share what’s on your heart, no matter what it is. He may not always answer your prayer but He always hears your prayers. God answers prayer according to His Will. He knows what’s best for us.
The more often you pray to God Almighty, the higher your trust in Him will grow, especially when you see God’s hand at work in your life. When you look back on yesterday or the weeks and months past, you see how God has answered your prayers.
When you see God’s faithfulness in your life, learning to trust God becomes easier.
When you spend time in prayer, God will respond to you, either in your spirit or through His Word. Prayer and studying God’s Word go hand-in-hand.
3. Trust that God Honors His Word and He is Truthful
We touched a bit on God’s faithfulness already but it’s important to mention that God honors His Word and that He is truthful.
Let’s take a peek at a few Bible verses about trusting God. You may be familiar with these already but if not, here goes. Key phrases are emphasized for you.
Let’s begin with Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” KJV
God does not lie, therefore, trusting God in difficult times, in good times, and all the time is the best thing for you to do. He’ll never steer you wrong!
Here is another Bible verse found in Deuteronomy 32:4 “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
4. Understand that Life will Not be Easy
There’s something you need to know and this applies to everyone. When you are learning how to trust God completely and you are trusting God in difficult times as well as the good times, you need to know that life will not always be easy.
We were never promised an easy life. If that were the case, the Apostle Paul would not have endured whippings, beatings, imprisonment and such. The Apostle Stephen would not have been stoned for sharing the Gospel. And all the other Apostles and disciples of Jesus would not have been murdered for their faith.
No, life won’t be easy. Jesus even said as much in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Though we are not promised an easy life, we are promised that God will be with us every day. Continue to trust in Him for He has overcome the world!
5. Know God’s Promises
You can’t do life alone. Even with your loved ones, you still need someone who will care for you like no one else can. And that is God.
There are over 800 promises in the Bible that we can be encouraged by. God’s promises are the Truth and we need to know them. We can claim these promises in faith and trust that God will supply every one of our needs.
Here are seven Bible verses to get you started.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” NIV
Psalm 37:4-6 “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” NIV
Psalm 9:10 “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.” NIV
Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults, and with my song, I give thanks to him.” ESV
Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ESV
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” KJV
Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
Learning To Trust God Takes Time
Your faith thermometer grows daily as does your trust barometer. You may find that your trust and faith level changes daily. That’s okay, you won’t be punished or penalized for that. It’s part of growing spiritually.
We all have faltering faith and faltering trust in God. But that doesn’t mean that we should stop trusting God.
We need to let go and trust God.
We need to let go of our sense of control. We need to let go of thinking that we know how to handle a situation better. Believe me, we don’t. We cannot see the future, only God can.
Reasons Why you Should Let Go and Trust God
1. God is omnipotent. He knows all things. We don’t. We’ll make things worse so it’s better to let go and let God do what He does best.
2. Your sense of identity comes from God. He made you who you are and has great plans for you. Some of those plans you are living out now while others are futuristic. By trusting God, you will allow those plans to come to fruition.
3. God is faithful. It’s His children who are not faithful to Him. Biblical history proves that point over and over again but yet, even though God was often angered by their faithlessness, God remained true. God will remain true to you as well, even when you fail Him. He will always love you.
4. God desires the best for you. Just as parents desire to give their best to their children, God feels the same way. He knows what you need, both physically and spiritually, and He wants to give it to you. You can trust God to do what’s best for you.
Reasons for trusting God can be found throughout the Bible. You’ll find them as you continue to read His Word, and when you do, add them to your list of Bible verses about trusting God.
This is a guest post by Cindy Barnes of 215 Ministry. She was called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible. Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.